Soccer Season

August 29, 2017

Its almost Fall and that means soccer season is back. This year Cullen is finally old enough to play on the u4 team. However the u4’s don’t actually start for another couple of weeks. Which gives me plenty of time to prepare for whatever kind of extreme emotional reaction Cullen may have on his maiden voyage into organized sport. With Cullen you just never know. His typical reaction to trying new things is to resist, resist by way of loud proclamations of “No!!”, sit down protests along with angry tears. Over time I’ve managed to develop a swift and effective response to his tantrum and can usually calm him down, give him the reassurance he’s really looking for and talk him into at least giving it a go. Of course once he’s allowed himself to give it a go, he loves it, but getting him to that point can be a major challenge. But there are those rare occasions where he completely surprises me by diving right into a situation totally uninhibited. And based on his excitement at watching Keane at his first practice on the u6 team this week, and his eagerness to play, I’m hoping when his time comes, he’ll break with tradition and show up happy and ready. Thats the fantasy anyway.

But this week it was all about the u6 team and their first practice of the season.

Team talk and coach introductions.

Pre-practise stretching.

Drills.

My sideline side-kick and his cars for entertainment.

Water break.

Cullen buzzed around Keane like a mosquito during his water breaks.

Which can also make a boy thirsty.

Dribbling drills.

Still chilling happily.

Its impossible as a kid to sit on top of a hill and not want to roll down it.

Getting ready for some 1 -on-1 and 2-on-2 play.

This kid right here, he and Keane had a pretty intense 1-on-1 game.

Both were relentless in their efforts to stop the other scoring.

And this kid also revealed himself to be the grabby hands and elbow to the face type. Note his grab on Keane here. I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to restrain myself, remain on the sideline and let Keane handle it, when all I wanted to do was rush this kid.

Keane managed to block his attempt to score and got possession of the ball.

But there he goes again with the hands to the face.

Keane pushes clear of his restraints.

And eventually went on to score. #inyourfacekid

Post practice gathering.

After Keane’s practice Cullen wanted to play soccer with him. See, this is why I dare to hope that when his time comes in a couple of weeks, Cullen will show up happy and ready to roll.

Of course we couldn’t leave without hitting up the playground for few minutes.

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